Diets and Nutrition

4 good healthy reasons to indulge in chocolate

4 good healthy reasons to indulge in chocolate

With roasted hazelnuts or caramelized pecans, if not with praline, it is customary to approach all the culinary facets of chocolate to praise its benefits. Except that we should not forget the nutritional aspect either to establish the good reasons to consider it as a daily companion.

Chocolate helps fight jetlag

It’s not easy to manage the fatigue generated by a long-haul flight during which you are tempted to rely on the (many) glasses of wine in order to let yourself be carried away by the sandman. Although it is not recommended to drink alcohol at altitude because it disrupts sleep, all is not completely lost since you have the right to bite into your favorite square of chocolate. Apparently, this would help to better cross time zones. This is one of the surprising conclusions reached by the team of scientists with whom the airline Qantas worked ahead of the launch of its ultra-long haul flight between Sydney and New York. An analysis was carried out with several travelers to consider how they could be supported to manage their fatigue during such a long journey.

It’s good for the heart too

Regarding chocolate, the studies follow one another without ever being the same, or almost. Eating a square would thus be beneficial for the heart rate to the extent that it would prevent the heart from beating irregularly. In other words, you would be less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation – which is potentially fatal, if you consume chocolate in moderation. This finding was published in the journal Heart thanks to research by scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), in collaboration with researchers from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Aalborg University and the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark. We mainly talk about dark chocolate because it contains a higher cocoa content than milk chocolate. And it is in cocoa that we find flavanoles, substances belonging to the flavonoid family having the capacity to protect us from bacteria, viruses and molds if we are to believe the French dictionary of medicines, the Vidal.

…And it prevents us from getting depressed!

It’s true that this little piece of monstrously generous dark chocolate with crunchy hazelnuts does us good! And it is not so much the texture of the dried fruits but rather the presence of cocoa which has beneficial effects on our morale. In 2020, the American Psychiatric Association supported its positive consequences on mental health by highlighting research from University College London conducted with more than 13,000 American adults. The polyphenols contained in black gold act as a mood booster. We can thus slow down stress thanks to this ingestion, unlike milk chocolate which contains less cocoa, and therefore polyphenols. Last year, the University of Seoul, in South Korea, gave it another go, recommending a daily dose of chocolate containing 85% cocoa to be in good health! These results once again supported the importance of the link between the brain and… the intestine.

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You can even count on it to protect you from the sun

We’ll stop you right away: we don’t recommend slathering yourself in melted dark chocolate instead of sunscreen to prevent sunburn. On the other hand, scientists from the Institute of Science, Technology and Nutrition in Madrid recommended in 2021 to bite into a square in order to stock up on antioxidants as they have the ability to increase blood flow. In this way, the flavanoles contained in cocoa would increase the density of the skin as well as its hydration. Although these revelations may be surprising, researchers have nevertheless been working on this positive aspect of chocolate for many years. Already in 2011, Quebec scientists from the University of Laval launched a vast study aimed at light-skinned women in order to understand the mechanism of polyphenols in the body.

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I pass by being that person liable to duty, but who cannot resist the flights of imagination. I have always loved the legends, the myths and the stories of the old and distant times with my whole being. In high school I fell in love with the history of art and I made it the object of my university studies. Once I graduated, I dusted off an old flame: that of children's literature. I rediscovered the beauty and importance of illustrated books and books, where, to a quality text, images are added that give strength and enrich what is narrated with meaning. It can be said that illustrators often make real works of art! It was then that I decided to follow this passion of mine both as a volunteer, entering the ranks of readers born to read, and in my work as a librarian. I am a greedy devoured of illustrated books (I have an absolute weakness for the stories that have bears or wolves as protagonists!), I love simple stories that know how to strike and surprise. I hate pigeon-holed books in a specific age group and readers in a certain category of readings. I think everyone is different and deserves to choose (and be chosen by the books) without constraints, in complete freedom! [email protected]